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April 18, 2019


Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Josh Kramer on A Fire Story. Robert Kirby on Blossoms In Autumn.

* this is a loathsome story about a loathsome human being: Al Capp. That world is still with us because those that lived through it still are. Also because it's still with us.

* by request extra: Hans Rickheit is funding beautiful new comics via classic on-line mechanisms.

* Malky McCormick, RIP.

* Melissa Kravitz talks to Bob Eckstein.

* I couldn't process these terrible comics for long enough to tell what's going on here.

* finally: a significant excerpt from Darwin: An Exceptional Voyage.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Thierry Groensteen!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Roger Salick!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Darryl Cunningham!

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April 17, 2019


Monkey Punch, RIP

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Lauren Weinstein, Keiler Roberts Win This Year's Cartoonist Studio Prizes

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That's Roberts and her print entry Chlorine Gardens up top, with Lauren Weinstein's Fronter #17 story "Mother's Walk" on the bottom. Co-sponsor Slate has a write-up here. In addition to both of those comics being good ones, I think they're representative of the moment. Seek these comics out.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2019

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April 19
* If I Were In Rhinebeck, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

April 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 25
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

April 26
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

April 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

April 30
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This

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May 1
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 2
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

May 4
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Prairie Comics Festival)

May 5
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Prairie Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Pre-TCAF Programming)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 12
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 16
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)

May 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics Conference)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington Beach, I'd Go To This (NCSFest)

May 18
* If I Were In Ontario, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Revolution)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics Conference)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington Beach, I'd Go To This (NCSFest)

May 19
* If I Were In Ontario, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Revolution)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington Beach, I'd Go To This (NCSFest)

May 23
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

May 26
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Zine Fest)

May 31
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Pop Culture Con)

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Events For June 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* for no particular reason I'd like to present this Fred Guardineer panel. Reading the paper in-costume is just asking for it, really.

* bundled extra: a comic-con related story in the Criminal series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips will be out this summer for SDCC.

* every single one of us that spends any time covering Comic-Con International can feel for writer and con legend Mark Evanier's occasional no-fucks-given new stories.

* Scott Cederlund on Safe Area Gorazde. I usually enjoy re-reading Joe Sacco, more than many cartoonists.

* Zatara as drawn by Fred Guardineer was a hard man, what with covering people with gas he access by shooting the canisters!

* finally: Derf remembers a meaningful moment from his life that took place near Notre Dame.
 
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Happy 53rd Birthday, Noel Tuazon!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Ben Dunn!

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Happy 84th Birthday, Jiro Kuwata!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Kazuichi Hanawa!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Jean-Pierre Gibrat!

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April 16, 2019


Go, Look: The Infinite Prison

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Go, Bookmark; Support: The YA Trans Ownvoices Masterlist

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* New York Review Comics had a colossal year last year and it's a momentum they've kept into this one. Some of these books look great, and it's nice to see former Picturebox stalwart Frank Santoro find a publisher for his recent book published in Europe before its this North American partnership.

* industry veteran Dave Roman will be editing a line of graphic novels drawn on key moments in American history, which sounds cool. We'll get to see some more history comics from Chris Schweizer, a cartoonist I like very much working in that mode. Dibs on the script for a Henry Highland Garnet bio. We are definitely getting to the point where kids comics have comparable weight to every other type of comic based on any number of measurables.

* finally: more details on the Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen comics coming our from a group of high-profile mainstream talents at DC Comics. Love the idea of Steve Lieber on a character like that.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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OTBP/By Request: P. Craig Russell Art On Sale For Wayne Harold

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* not comics: I'm fascinated by the pushback facing the ubiquity of devices, social media communication and general on-line access. I don't know where it goes, and I'm not sure we've even started to ask the right questions yet.

image* Alex Dueben talks to Steve McGarry of the NCS about their NCSFest.

* Dwane Powell, RIP.

* here's a follow-up at the Washington Post about Darrin Bell's win in the editorial cartooning category of the Pulitzer Prizes. The focus seems to be Bell's shift from politically-cognizant strip cartoonist to more formal editorial cartoonist.

* finally: Pittsburgh congratulates the Pulitzer finalist Rob Rogers, even if it wasn't too long ago the on-time regional fixture was walked to city limits and given a bindle.
 
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Happy 42nd Birthday, David Aja!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Charles Hatfield!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Paul Rivoche!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Lauren Weinstein!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Steve Haynie!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Kim DeMulder!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Leonard Rifas!

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April 15, 2019


Congratulations To Darrin Bell For Winning This Year's Pulitzer Prize In Editorial Cartooning!

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Go, Read: 23AndMe Doesn't Know What Makes A Palestinian

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Go, Look: It's Against The Law

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I did not know there was an exhibit in Chicago for The Three Escapes Of Hannah Arendt.

image* this book from Abrams seems to me way more interesting to comics all by itself than that pile of dreadful-sounding garbage foisted on the world via last week's movie convention whatever that was. Comics have been better than film for a long time now, we own the 21st Century, and I hope the new few panels of forthcoming comics announcements at comics shows are covered by comics sites in something approaching that breathless manner.

* Jevon Phillips on Mera.

* Gene Luen Yang seems like a very hard worker at his public discourse on behalf of comics job. I can't even imagine being that age and have an articulate, smart, talented cartoonist come speak at my school back when I was that age.

* finally: Lynn Neary talks to Cathy Guisewite on her new book of prose essays. Sloane Leong talks to Rebecca Roher.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Robert Luedke!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Sam Peeters!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Patrick Larme!

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April 14, 2019


If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This

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Happy 65th Birthday, Chuck Dixon!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Katsuhiro Otomo!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Dan Clowes!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Dave Gibbons!

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Happy 48th Birthday, David Reddick!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Gerhard!

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April 13, 2019


If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

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Happy 60th Birthday, Herr Seele!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Dennis Janke!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, François Schuiten!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Hayley Campbell!

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April 12, 2019


Go, Look: Yury Guzman

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* the magazine Draw! will be offering a podcast with veterans Mike Manley, Jamar Nicholas and Bret Blevins. There's a resurgent interest in podcasts generally which should fuel a lot of relaunches and reinvigorated efforts through the end of this year.

* longtime creative partners and friends Dean Haspiel and Josh Neufeld have launched a podcast Scene By Scene. It does look like we'll be getting another wave of focused podcasts, including from a lot of name cartoonists. I hope there's more fun stuff than cynical.
 
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If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Steranko Images Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* the idea of spacing out these genre franchise films enters the discussion. That could have an effect on comics down the road, and could also not have any effect at all.

* here are fun DC Comics series hampered by having to co-exist with continuity reboots.

* a local comic book store event can still be a worthwhile event for those involved.

* by request extra: the fundraiser for medical bills caused by a post-convention hemorrhage suffered by Joyce Chin is at its halfway point. Please consider giving.

* a community's first comic book shop is still a big deal.

* Evan Chung profiles Cathy Guisewite. Sean Logan profiles Gahan Wilson. Michael Krasny profiles Brian Fies. Karen Sloan talks to Carmelo Chimera.

* finally: it's not easy being green.
 
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Happy 36th Birthday, Tim Sievert!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Steve Sherman!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Troy Nixey!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Tanino Liberatore!

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Happy 46th Birthday, J. Scott Campbell!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Gary Martin!

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April 11, 2019


Go, Look: Joanne Ruan

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* here's a profile of Denver's DINK show, which has a focus on indie/alt talent.

* hello, Philadelphia.

* here's a focus on the forthcoming hotel sale at SDCC. This used to be a more stressful time of the year, as I think more of a professional freelance pool depended on going to SDCC and depended on getting a room from their list in order to facilitate such a strip. I would imagine almost everyone that still uses SDCC in that matter has some sort of connection to the professional round of room securement. Not all, though.

* wrapping up WonderCon, firing up San Diego Con.

* finally: Chris Ware is among the first round of guests announced for SDCC this year. That is not a cartoonist that visits that show with any regularity.
 
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If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Harlan Ellison Portfolio Illustrated By Steranko

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg dig into the legacy of Akira.

* here's a story profiling exiled cartoonist Khalid Albaih.

* a soldier's life, via comics.

* here's a twitter controversy about a pro-life tweet from two years ago, because of course there's one.

* spoke to a number people about the passing of industry veteran writer James Hudnall two days ago, a day short of his 62nd birthday. One thing to remember is that like many old creators, Hudnall's career was dominated during its last half-decade by health issues for which he couldn't pay without community help, which was a tough sale for some given his conservative leanings. I hope in the next few decades we can do better for older creators. We now know that comics have literary value and immediate pop-culture currency. Caring for creators is the next industry-defining crusade. Our continued best wishes to those who felt a more personal loss here.

* finally: this is Lucy Knisley, and this is how she parents.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Matt Kindt!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Scott O. Brown!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Michael Rhode!

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April 10, 2019


James Hudnall, RIP

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Go, Look: Recess

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If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics New Story Round-Up

* here are parts of Alex Jones' massive deposition about his use of Pepe The Frog. It's good to hear from the accompanying article that Jones is something of a last holdout here. I think Matt Furie had a right not to lose his character that way, and I know that he was losing his character to that use because people kept asking me why Furie was allowing it before he snapped back via lawsuit and threat of same.
 
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Happy 57th Birthday, Bill Marks!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Jacques De Loustal!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Scott Hampton!

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April 9, 2019


Go, Look: Angela Rizza

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* some initial details about covers and broad plot lines for the Jonathan Hickman-led X-Men efforts at Marvel. I think there is a lot of room with that particular set of characters to do some attention-grabbing things, and it's a smart move to hire someone that's interested in narrative comics on the conceptual letter like the writer in question.

* Gene Luen Yang's occasionally mentioned graphic novel of one year (2014) in the life of a youth basketball team is apparently due in 2020.

* not sure that I knew James Harvey was doing an adaptation of The Who's Lifehouse.

* finally: totally missed that there will be a comics adaptation of Work For A Million in 2020.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Jidéheim Car Illustrations From Spirou

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* here's an attempt at an oral history of webcomics. I haven't found time to go read it yet. I can't imagine anything like this would make anyone 100 percent happy. Webcomics weren't only legitimately and terrifically diverse and wide-ranging and thus hard to pin down, it suffered from an additional blind-men-feeling-an-elephant factor where folks could be made to feel as if their corner of that world were the entire world. I appreciate the attention to webcomics as its own thing, no matter how it turns out. Let's hope.

* not comics: more Walking Dead television. I've been staring at those shows to see if they gave me an idea what might be done with the comic book longterm, and damned if I can tell anything worth reporting.

* not comics: show business people are weird.

* Scott Cederlund on Little Bird #1.

* not comics: Preacher will end after season four. I was never a great fan of that comic book series, but there was some interesting writing and acting on that TV show. It was super-uneven, though. I always wonder what happens to great big comics series like that if the legitimizing TV show is more of a handshake than high-five.

* Gary Tyrrell focus his Mocca Festival coverage on what various folks within his primary coverage area might be up to in the near future. Lot of names, lot of news.

* finally: here's an article about Jean-Philippe Bretin designed a publication of Yuichi Yokoyama's.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Fabio Civitelli!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Ashley Holt!

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April 8, 2019


Go, Look: Jen Epervary

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Brian Canini is about halfway home to a very modest goal of three graphic novels supported by less than $2000 in crowdfunding money.

* this isn't active but it's always worth doing a deep dive into whatever Ethan Persoff has going on.

* I've had two conversations in the last two days with cartoonists that seem to believe that the acquisition of original art is a big deal ready to become a bigger deal in the current comics landscape. I'm not going to argue; that's a great way to make a bit of money. It just doesn't apply to everyone, even in the best of circumstance. Still, it might be worth considering allowing pages to stay together in a way that would facilitate this kind of sale.

* finally, David Willis crushed the last iteration of Dumbing Of Age in its ask phase.
 
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If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Aaron Dana

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Dominic Umile on the Iliad. Renee Ghert Sand digs into Christie Pits, about a little-known riot.

* Brenda Kiley profiles a Seattle-area group that uses comics to protest against President Trump.

* Gary Tyrrell gets better comps than I do.

* Paul Gravett takes a look at the graphic novel season we're going to see in May.

* apparently there's a forthcoming DC event series with the name DCeased. Ew.

* not comics: Andrew Weiss is going to write about his father's passing. This sort of personal essay used to be a lot more common 10-12 years ago, so I'm looking forward to devouring this one.

* finally: another amazing Jim Woodring illustration.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Andrew Langridge!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Kazu Kibuishi!

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April 7, 2019


Go, Look: Alexis Beauclair

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If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Happy 79th Birthday, Claire Brétecher!

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April 6, 2019


Go, Look: Dexter Vines Inks

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If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Davenport, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Happy 37th Birthday, Hijinx Comics!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Mark Askwith!

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April 5, 2019


If I Were In Sonoma, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Davenport, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Laura Snapes on Last Of The American Girls.

* fingers crossed they're talking about comics.

* here are Tom Palmer's picks for the year 1994. A lot of pretty good choices make that list; I was never a Hepcats fan, though.

* another day, another flare of the general issue of pirating comics. Given sales, especially single-unit comic book sale, the idea that some are choosing to read for free is bound to be an issue. I still hew pretty closely to the creators rights construction here.

* your 2019 Dinky Awards nominees.

* the story of Harold E. Russell and the Cincinnati Red-Legs.

* finally, if you missed it congrats to Katie Skelly on her near-immediate sell-out of a first printing of Maids #1 and jump in line for the mid-April second printing now.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Art Adams!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Akira Toriyama!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Patrick Dean!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Joey Weiser!

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April 4, 2019


OTBP: Maids #1 (Second Printing)

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Go, Look: Grace Abe

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* here's a preview of this year's MoCCA Festival, with a focus on the Society of Illustrators' new political cartoons show. I wonder if that show is the one that has the highest turnover at five and ten year intervals.

* there's a new Joan Cornella exhibit in New York.

* finally: a rare tour from Cathy Guisewite, in support of a non-comics format book of essays.
 
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If I Were In Davenport, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Black And White Images From MW Kaluta

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Matt Seneca on Little Bird.

* Samantha Puc digs into recent allegations against creator Jai Nitz about a series of harassment incidents. It is tough reading, but I hope as many people as possible dive into it. There was a time, and it might still be that time for some people, were it was weirdly demanded of harassment incidents that they follow a really rigid Afterschool Special scene of violence expressly declared against protestations of same. Puc's description of near-perpetual, aggressive disruption of boundaries seems to paint a different picture and I think a more revealing one that doesn't allow a script out. Both are incidents of violence, and everything like them needs to be gone forever. Our deepest sympathies to the victims in this case. Dark Horse has ended their relationship with the creator.

* Alex Dueben talks to Sara Elfgren.

* finally: Steve Ringgenberg on the late Ken Bald.
 
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Happy 57th Birthday, Simon Bisley!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Dave Johnson!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Bob Rozakis!

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April 3, 2019


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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imageFEB191279 GIANT DAYS #49 $3.99
SEP180593 LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN JUBILEE ED HC $75.00
FEB190138 DIE #5 CVR A HANS (MR) $3.99
FEB190139 DIE #5 CVR B MACK (MR) $3.99
FEB190217 WALKING DEAD #190 (MR) $3.99
JAN190870 WAR OF REALMS #1 (OF 6) $5.99
FEB191761 CANNABIS ILLEGALIZATION OF WEED IN AMERICA HC GN (MR) $24.99
JAN191899 IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME HC LOVE & ROCKETS $19.99
DEC181798 LEAVING RICHARDS VALLEY HC $32.95
FEB191983 WINSOR MCCAY THE COMPLETE LITTLE NEMO HC VOL 01 1905 TO 1909 $80.00
FEB191902 ADVENTURES OF ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT HC $29.95
JAN198945 APOCALYPSE TACO $14.99

I'm off to a doctor's appointment this morning so I'm behind on this. I also trusted the Diamond page on what the big hits of the week might be, so I'm going to spend some time when I get back working in images for Leaving Richards Valley and the Jaime. Beyond that, I think you can look for those two books, the Cannabis book from Box Brown, whatever that Adventures book is doing and that weird Taco book. I'll rewrite to fit in a couple of hours.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Chris Schweizer, one of those people where there could be like five guys in the world doing comics and it would still feel like a fertile medium because he was involved, has a Patreon. I image his rewards are very, very good ones.

* Hannah Chin writes about the Philadelphia-area 'zine scene, its recent resurgence, and various resources within that community.

* finally: Jason Green writes about the late Kevin Wolf, a well-reviewed St. Louis-Based cartoonist.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Michael Aushenker!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Mark Nevelow!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Jamie Hewlett!

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April 2, 2019


OTBP: Ley Lines: One & Three

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Go, Read: Leslie Sternbergh Alexander, RIP

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I was sorry to hear about the passing of artist Leslie Sternbergh Alexander, a cartoonist that worked my memory is sparingly but to strong effect in a variety of tonal approaches -- MAD-style humor, even -- within the comics art form, and the sort of figure that seems a part of comics communities that are all but gone these days. My condolences to her friends and fans. Reading between the lines looks like there may have been some opportunity for the artist to say some farewells, and I hope that's the case.

Comics as a collective group of historians interested in its art has always done a poor job with woman creators, and with no generation more so than the women of the undergrounds and the fractured post-underground period. You can see in Alexander's work a level of accomplishment that would send us scurrying after a brand-new cartoonist of any gender, and much of the work exudes a welcome freshness in terms of making the medium work in new ways because not many of them have yet been popularized. I hope you'll take a moment in this one artist's story and some of her work, and know that there will always be those that flash through and others step away after only a little while longer. Once they're done, their legacies depend on individual acts of curiosity and grace notes borne of memory.

You can start here and work through what was out immediately upon her passing.
 
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Go, Look: Andy Fischlii

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By Request Extra: P. Craig Russell Material For Sale To Benefit Publishing Partner Wayne Alan Harold

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The sale is here. Harold suffers from recurring bouts of non-Hodgkins lymphoma and I'm sure every bit can help in these tough times. Russell's kind of a national treasure, too, and under-valued in the discussion of the development of comics with an adult sensibility. My best to him. Please consider helping if you can and are so inclined.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Steve Rude Imagery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the artist Jai Nitz was accused of unwanted attention and harassment at the University of Kansas, forcing him to leave his table at this weekend's convention in Kansas City due to "family emergency" and forcing a promise from publisher Dark Horse the allegations will be investigated. Nitz graduate from the school in 1998 and was a guest of the journalism department when according to the allegation the predatory behavior took place.

image* missed that the Snagglepuss as 1950s gay southern playwright comic DC did last year won the GLAAD media award last week. That's an interesting award for how the context has changed even within mainstream/indy-genre comics. It no longer feels like a prize just for having popular-seeming characters reflect a bit of the variety of the real world. What it is now hasn't yet become all the way clear.

* this is a subject of interest to the comics communities, too. Two things popped out about the article. There is no difference between between now and 2014 not explained by recent political turmoil. Still, I think a lot of what's going on is that the processes involved have aged community to community. There were opportunities for perpetual on-line engagment as far back as 1994, but not in this limited, and specific a way. You get a hyper-customized meal of nonsense served to you and don't have to engage in the smallest amount of effort to be entertained by it. No one likes to engage in arguments about things getting dumber and more self-indulgent -- no one likes a whiny egghead but that seems more substantially different in the content of that part of life than anything else. The first cousin of dumb is cruelty.

* finally: Jim Carrey is still doing political cartoons and one of them over the weekend was able to raise the ire of Mussolini's granddaughter. I can't imagine being happy to see your grandparents' murder depicted, but complaining about it as if it's some shocking breach of decorum seems insane even during a year like 2019.
 
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Happy 40th Birthday, Ive Sorocuk!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Mike Barreiro!

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April 1, 2019


Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Mark Alan Stamaty

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Noah Van Sciver's One Dirty Tree Wins The Comics Portion Of The Association For Mormon Letter Awards

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Details here. I thought this the best of a mini explosion of works from Van Sciver in 2017 and into 2018: funny, odd, and of its time.
 
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Go, Look: Edgar Pierre Jacobs Images

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Go, Look: The Beguiling

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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image* the wonderful Lorraine Chamberlain, S. Clay Wilson's longtime caretaker and general wonderful person, looks like she could use some help negotiating some patients rights issue where Wilson is currently staying. We as a community can do a much better job with things like this, but until then if you have experience in this area it seems like you might be able to help.

* Drew Ford's ask to facilitate more work for the sometimes politically controversial writer Chuck Dixon on the Airboy property is about 87 percent to reaching its first goal.

* this modest ask with an interesting premise is similarly close to its initial ask.

* here's a run of shop-related crowd-funders out there right now: Junky Comics, Lightning House, Comic Book Shoppe. That is traditionally not a successful sub-category of comics-related fundraisers, so it's interesting to me to see a few clumped together.

* if you survived the winter, maybe think about a patreon from the one-year-and-younger pile? There are a lot of great cartoonists out there.

* finally: we are still closing in on paying for the first ask in the Barbara Shermund Burial Fund ask. It would be wonderful if the wider comics community could close this one out.
 
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If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Thee Collected Cyanide Milkshake.

* Rosemarie T. Anner profiles Bob Fujitani.

* Terry Gilliam has had one of the more interesting post-comics careers of anyone who's spent time with words and pictures, and I hope someone out there will re-publish Animations Of Mortality at some point, or put together a more comprehensive volume.

* Roy Thomas talks Jim Warren.

* I get nostalgic about newspaper because I think they've enjoyed a great run as a way to communicate a lot of information to a lot of people in sophisticated fashion (individual achievements may vary). But man, what a day of happiness for a bunch of kids when Superman joined the local.

* finally: Jordan T. Neves points to Suzanne Helmigh's description of process.
 
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Happy 77th Birthday, Samuel Delany!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Brad Meltzer!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Bob Lappan!

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Happy 22nd Birthday, Radio Comix!

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Happy 56th Birthday, James Robinson!

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Happy 30th Birthday, Comix Experience!

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